IPL 2021, PBKS vs RCB: Rahul’s 91*, Brar’s 3/19 sink sloppy Bangalore

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PBKS vs RCB: Uncapped Harpreet Brar’s match-winning spell of 3 for 19 set the stage for Punjab Kings 34 runs win against RCB on Friday. Newcomer Harpreet Brar who came into the Punjab side for the first time this season was adjudged Man of the match for his inspiring performance. His cameo of 25* off 17 helped Punjab get to 179 earlier. 

PBKS’ Brar sinks big guns

Royal Challengers Bangalore fell 35 runs short of their target of 180 at Ahmedabad. Besides Virat Kohli’s 35 and Harshal Patel’s cameo in the death over, no other batsmen could pave the way for the chase. 

Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams all returned on single figures. Punjab’s Brar made an inspiring comeback after conceding 10 of his first over. He removed Kohli and Maxwell on consecutive balls. Then he dismissed De Villiers. Thus, dealing a hammer blow to RCB’s hopes.

Riley Meredith drew first blood when he castled Padikkal in the 3rd over. RCB lacked momentum and thus failed to put up a partnership. Ravi Bishnoi picked two on the night and Chris Jordan got one wicket. Shami came into finish Meredith’s last over when the former got injured. Shami picked up Patel’s wicket to end RCB’s chase.

Fabulous Rahul hammers RCB

Batting first, KL Rahul and Prabhsimran Singh negotiated the early swing of the new ball well. Once the swing wore off, Rahul got going. Prabhsimran perished in the 4th over. Chris Gayle and Rahul took on the RCB bowlers to knead a 80 run partnership. 

Gayle was the aggressor among the pair while Rahul took his time to press on the gas. Gayle returned on 46. Rahul ensured he stayed till the last and struck an unbeaten 91 off 57 balls. He belted 7 fours and 5 sixes. Brar’s 17 ball cameo of 25 helped Punjab reach 179 in 20 overs. 

For RCB, Kyle Jamieson picked up two. Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shahbaz Ahmed returned with one apiece. Purple Cap holder Harshal Patel failed to return with any wickets. 

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Punjab Kings 179/5 in 20 overs (KL Rahul 91, Chris Gayle 46; Kyle Jamieson 2-32)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 145/8 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 35; Harpreet Brar 3-19)